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    Top writers of the 20th century

    Well, my vote goes to two people: Gore Vidal (American) and Arthur C Clarke (British but lived a life in exile in Africa).

    Anyone else like to pipe in ... ? If I had half the wit and sharpness of tongue of Gore Vidal I'd be a sea snake I'm sure (which happen to be just about the most venomous creatures alive).

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    Yevgeny Yevtushenko - What a Poet!!!
    *If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks* -Abba Zeno-

    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

    *Socrates: "My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you are in absolute error. Since this is my opinion, then according to your philosophy you must grant that it is true."

    "Improvisational Art": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSxVO3EoCRM

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    Thanks - Sweet Corn - don't know him ... I'll look him up.

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    CT64,

    He wrote the poems that Shostakovich set to music in his 13th Symphony and The Execution Of Stepan(Stenka)Razin.

    Cheers,

    CD
    *If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks* -Abba Zeno-

    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

    *Socrates: "My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you are in absolute error. Since this is my opinion, then according to your philosophy you must grant that it is true."

    "Improvisational Art": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSxVO3EoCRM

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    Yevtushenko is a great Russian poet no doubt and Boris Pasternak is another.Pablo Neruda is also one of my favourites.Albert Camus,Jean-Paul Sartre,Heinrich Böll,Günter Grass and Paulo Coelho are my favourite writers and among top writers of 20th century.

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    I must also include Solzhenitsyn - Man, that man DID suffer extreme hardship in the Soviet labor-camps. Also, Vaclav Havel - What a Playright!!!
    *If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks* -Abba Zeno-

    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

    *Socrates: "My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you are in absolute error. Since this is my opinion, then according to your philosophy you must grant that it is true."

    "Improvisational Art": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSxVO3EoCRM

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    My favorite writers for the 20th century were Carl Sagan, Louis L'amor,
    and Barbra Cartland.
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    Carl Sagan, hmmm, interesting choice, I guess I agree but I draw the line before Cartland I'm afraid. never heard of Louis L'amor

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    Evelyn Waugh,
    Mikhail Bulgakov
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    Well I am not a great fan of modern writers. I like Thomas Hardy and William Golding, I also like Agatha Christie. I like Josephine Cox, who writes a little like Catherine Cookson.

    I much prefer writers from further back, like The Brontes and Jane Austen. Just call me old fashioned.


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    marval - if you like Christie, you'll possibly adore Naigo Marsh (a New Zealander from memory)

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    Yes I have heard of her. I must see if my library can oblige.
    Thank you for puting her my way.


    Margaret
    Last edited by marval; Jun-10-2008 at 23:09.

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    Let's not forget Tolken who wrote Lord of the Rings. The trilogy came
    out in the 70's and one made a movie with sequels.
    judy tooley

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    Aldous Huxley
    William S. Burroughs
    Ferdinand Celine
    William Faulkner
    Scott Fitzgerald

    Those are the solidly best I've found.

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    I would say Tolkien is a very fine philologist as he created a whole new language but his trilogy lacks originality and imagination.His story is heavy-handed and uninvolving. Characters lack uniqueness and carry unmistakable resemblences to figures of history.Overall absurdly over-praised.(Yes,yes i said it.At last.)All in my humble amateurish opinion.

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